I realize that I never posted the name of the band, Noah and the Whale. Just clarifying for those of you who aren’t convinced enough to click the link.
So there’s the band with this album and this video. And I began to watch it and then didn’t want to watch it by myself. I don’t know why I’m so intrigued by it. Possibly because I love the band. Possibly because it’s video set to the entire length of the album and I love the album. I’m just very intrigued and want someone to watch it with so I have someone to talk about it with. One of those things. Read about it, see what you think.
“Charlie began thinking of making an album that was also a film (and, as he sees it, vice versa) last year. The film, shot on a miniscule budget in a tight time-frame – a process one of the producers describes “as making a near feature-length film, for the budget of a short, in eight days” – and directed by Charlie himself, can be seen as a companion piece to the album, as a visual version of it, or as a piece of work in its own right. That decision is very much up to us, as the listener and viewer, says Charlie.
It was apparent immediately that something unorthodox and disturbing was going on in Noah and the Whale’s songs: that, beneath the surface appeal (bells, whistles, handclaps, ukuleles and singalong choruses), they were working with much darker materials. This tension, between instantly undislodgeable melodies and instrumental textures that encouraged a sunny disposition, and lyrics that looked unblinkingly at the ambiguities contained in love, in words, in life and in death, made the band’s debut album a critical and commercial success…”